Digby thinks we are losing the torture debate:
The argument against torture is slipping away from us. In fact, I'm getting the sinking feeling that it's over. What was once taboo is now publicly acknowledged as completely acceptable by many people. Indeed, disapproval of torture is now being characterized as a strictly partisan issue, like welfare reform or taxes.
I'm not giving up yet. But one has to understand that the Beltway media have no way of dealing with profound moral issues outside daily, partisan, Washington talking points. They long ago abandoned any real independence or moral judgment - and are wedded to Politico-style surface-maneuvering.